On pearls

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“[P]earls are like poets’ tales: disease turned into loveliness, at the same time transparent and opaque, secrets of the depths brought to light to please young women, who will recognize in them the deeper secrets of their own bosoms.”

— “The Diver,” by Isak Dinesen

Edited to add: Knowing Dinesen is actually a woman, I find it interesting how he/she uses gendered and arguably sexist tropes (women as love interests, potential sex partners, and victims; men as explorers, heroes, and active antagonists) while consistently granting women a measure of agency and reminding the reader of their personhood. This quote makes me think of the high school years, when young men traditionally become daring and reckless, while young women, though nourishing increasingly rich inner lives, grow cautious and silent.